Jean P. Kelly

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Associate Professor
Department of Communication

Dr. Jean P. Kelly believes in the power of stories, both hers and others, to give hope, build faith, and improve communities.

She is an associate professor of journalism; teaching reporting, writing, branding, graphic design and podcast storytelling. Together with her students, Dr. Kelly also puts faith in action through community-based research and service-learning projects in urban neighborhoods as well as with student-directed production of podcasts. She teaches community leaders and students alike that storytelling can change the world for the better.

Over the last 30 years, her award-winning essays and feature articles have been published in local, regional and national publications and websites. She was editor of Ohio Magazine and a regular columnist for Columbus Monthly magazine. She remains an active freelance writer, contributing essays, book reviews, cultural commentary, homilies and stories to national media and social media outlets. She often explores in her work the intersections of faith, intellect, and writing and reading as forms of prayer. Dr. Kelly is host and manages all aspects of the award-winning podcast, Read. Pray. Write.


  • Ph.D., E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Ohio University, 2003 - Mass Communications.
  • M.A., The Ohio State University, 1990 - Journalism
  • B.A., The Ohio State University, 1985 - Painting, Drawing and Printmaking
  • Research, Creative, & Professional Work

    • Investigations of how apps can be used for formative assessment. Also creative work developing interactive, tablet-based textbooks and freelance writing for national faith-based magazines and websites.


  • Kelly, Jean. In Press (2024). Along the Intentional Path: Reconciling Difficult Relationships with an Ancient Spiritual Discipline That Actually Works. ACTA.
  • Kelly, Jean, Carrie Scheckelhoff, Jeffrey Smith. 2016. “I Teach, Therefore IPad: Improving Asynchronous Learning Through Formative Assessment” in Unplugging From the Classroom. Elsevier.
  • Huber, Marsha, Jean Kelly, and Shirine Mafi. 2012. “A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Web 2.0 Technologies to Enhance Deeper Learning and Collaboration,”
  • Affiliations & Awards

  • Creator and host of podcast Read. Pray. Write. Named 2022 Best Society & Culture Podcast in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Experience as a magazine editor and writer, web site designer, and public relations consultant for non-profits and arts organizations
  • As editor of OHIO magazine, her writing and editing work won both local and national awards